The L-Bracket

Why Your Camera Needs an L-Bracket

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The L-bracket is a must-have accessory for tripod photography.

I always mount an L-bracket on my DSLR cameras. These Arca-Swiss compatible plates have a bottom and a side dovetail plate that attaches to a clamp on your tripod head. While these brackets cost more than a simple bottom plate, L-brackets are extremely useful for landscape and portrait photographers.

L-Brackets attach your camera to a tripod head via a dovetail plate (Arca-Swiss System). Most quick-release plates mount to the bottom of your camera via the tripod mounting screw. With standard plates, you have to “flop” the camera on its side using your tripod head if you want to shoot vertical (portrait) orientation. With an L-bracket, you simply detach the camera from the QR clamp, and then re-mount it on its side. If you use a tripod head with a lever-release clamp, then this process is quick and easy. Continue reading The L-Bracket

Free Webinar: Cruising With Your Camera

Turn your vacation at sea into a photo cruise!

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Discover how you can turn a cruise vacation into a photo safari

It’s easy to skip the photos while traveling, especially when you’re on a cruise or other structured vacation. But with a little ingenuity, you can get amazing photographs while still relaxing onboard a big cruise ship! Turn your next vacation at sea into a photo cruise and get some really amazing photographs on board and in port. You’ll come home with great memories and even better photos!

Join me for a free webinar presentation of travel tips for seafaring photographers on Friday, Sept. 8th. Space is limited to 100 participants, so sign up soon!

Topics Include:

  • What to bring
  • Getting creative while at sea
  • Photography fun in ports of call
  • Best practices for bringing your gear on a cruise

When: Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, 1-2pm EASTERN TIME
Where: Online Webinar (Register Here)

Join Me At Sea! 2018 Photo Cruises with Jason Odell

Long Exposure Photographs Are Simply Amazing

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Use a long exposure to dramtically transform your scene from a snapshot to a work of art.

If you’re looking to transform your images from snapshots into stunning creative photos, try experimenting with long exposure photographs. All you need is a camera that supports bulb exposure mode,  a tripod, and in some cases a dark filter. In twilight conditions, long exposure photographs are pretty easy. Set your lens aperture to f/16 or f/22 and then set your camera’s ISO value to its the lowest possible setting.

To capture long exposure photographs during the day, you’ll need to add a dark filter to your lens. These filters, called a solid neutral density filters, enable you to capture a long exposure photograph during the day. In either case, keep in mind that you’ll need a solid tripod to make a long exposure photograph.

How Long Exposure Photographs Transform Your Images

Here are just a few ways how a long exposure photograph delivers maximum impact, especially in places that are popular with photographers. Use a long exposure and deliver dynamic images with the “wow” factor you can’t capture with a snapshot. Continue reading Long Exposure Photographs Are Simply Amazing

Nikon D850 Officially Unveiled

Nikon D850: The Do-Everything DSLR?

The new Nikon D850 sports 45.7 megapixels and up to 9fps continuous shooting.

Early this morning, Nikon formally announced the full details of their newest DSLR, the Nikon D850. Most of the specs seem to match what others predicted, and are exactly in line with what I wanted to see!

I’ve always been an “all-purpose” photographer. I like photographing landscapes, wildlife, and the occasional sporting event. The D850 looks like it will deliver the goods for photographers like myself. From my perspective, the new Nikon D850 may be the only camera a Nikon enthusiast really needs. This camera is going to be really good at just about everything from landscapes to weddings to sports. For faster shooting and higher ISO ranges, the Nikon D500 (DX) and Nikon D5 (FX) are still going to be excellent options, but neither of those cameras appear to be the all-around killer DSLR that the D850 looks to be.

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